Concordia Theological Monthly

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cry pax, peace, dali, emptiness, bergman, catholic, clergyman, kurtz

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The National Catholic Reporter, which, like jokes about the Model T, is doing more to sell its product than the reverent sober sell could ever hope to do, has a column on the front page called "Cry Pax." Just to look at the title is to rejoice in the spirit of man. There's the feel of "A plague o' both your houses!" the sobering sound, "Peace, peace when there is no peace!” and at the same time the sense of the kiss of peace, or the Pax Domini, "The peace of the Lord be with you always," to which the faithful respond, "And with thy spirit." The column carries the sharp weapon of ridicule that works for renewal in the church like a scalpel, and it delights in that best-of-all humor when a group laughs at itself.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars